SOF: All my life I have been a fisherman. But now at 57 years of age, I have come to realize the stuggle and desire for life all living things share. Like Sir Paul (below) I have come to question the ethics of the sport I've enjoyed my whole life. As I tried to introduce and infuse fishing into the lives of my two sons, they questioned how I could mix a rather bloody sport with such personal pleasure. It's a good question. Possibly a subject for an SOF edition. Did Emerson or Thoreau ever ponder the misery of the fish in exchange for the pleasure of the fisherman?
LONDON (Reuters Life! March 17, 2008) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney says he turned vegetarian on a fishing trip when he realized that the fish's life was "as important to him as mine is to me." McCartney, 65, posed for a photograph for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization accompanied by the words: "I am Paul McCartney and I am a vegetarian."It also features the quote: "Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, 'I am killing him -- all for the passing pleasure it brings me.'"And something inside me clicked. I realized as I watched him fight for breath, that his life was as important to him as mine is to me."
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